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Rangers will be fully prepared for Royal Antwerp tonight despite the scrutiny over the ‘Covid Five’ humiliation, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic and St Mirren striker said those who broke lockdown rules to attend a party on Saturday would not have been involved in the European tie anyway.

Steven Gerrard’s side are in Belgium ahead of their Europa League Round of 32 first leg tie against Antwerp tonight.

But the Scottish Premiership leaders will be without three first team players for the clash – Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey – after they were identified as part of the ‘Covid Five’.

Football Insider has been told senior players were left furious behind the scenes when they were informed of the lockdown breach.

When asked by if the incident could have a detrimental impact on the pitch, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I do not think it will have any impact on the match tonight.

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“You wouldn’t think it’d effect the senior players.

“Of course, if they had gone in and trained with the players after the party, there would have been big questions asked.

“Players would have had to self-isolate. That would have been a big blow but it does not look like that has happened. Obviously, they have not mixed with the first team squad after that.

“I don’t think any of those players would have played against Antwerp anyway, I do not think it will have an impact.” 

In other news, Rangers star Glen Kamara is tipped for a four-year deal and Premier League exit by pundit.